leahy law, you have to have the ,ctors sustain arch is patient -- sustain purchase a patient, and everybody in this room. we should feel just as strongly about defending human rights activists, whether they are in egypt or russia, sri lanka, china, vietnam, or any other country, who are persecuted for peaceful expression or association, or their religious beliefs. these are rights that we granted, ande for writes in which we take great pride. we should not hesitate to speak up when those rights are violated anywhere. our country or anywhere else. i have met activists, as many of you have, who have been subjected to brutality, isolation, torture, and i got to tell you, i am awed by their courage and spirit by the fact you never give up.